Deadline’s eighth annual The Contenders Los Angeles is underway this morning at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood. The sold-out invitation-only event began with a breakfast sponsored by Amazon Studios and continues all day, featuring a lunch sponsored by Annapurna Pictures and a post-event reception sponsored by Netflix.

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Movie Academy and select guild members will see 17 studios present more than 30 films showcasing clips and onstage discussions with actors, directors, producers, writers and others who are were so integral to making these movies awards-worthy contenders. It’s essentially one-stop shopping for voters as they’ll hear firsthand the backstory of how these films got made from the people who made them.

Among the stars and filmmakers on hand Saturday: Bradley Cooper, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Rami Malek, Ryan Coogler, Damien Chazelle, Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Amy Adams, Barry Jenkins, Hugh Jackman, Rosamund Pike, John Krasinski, Willem Dafoe and Alfonso Cuarón along with many others.

Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr, Dominic Patten, Dawn Chmielewski,  Geoff Boucher, Anthony D’Alessandro, Joe Utichi and I will be moderating panels throughout the day. Follow along on social media via #DeadlineContenders.

Sponsors and partners of The Contenders LA include Poltrana Frau/Cappellini, Dell, Michter’s Whiskey, Final Draft, Allied Global Marketing, Screen Engine/ASI, Eyepetizer Eyewear, Cherry Picks, Bloomingdales,  Ely & Co. Fancy Diamonds, Giorgio Armani and Calii Love. And for anyone who has attended a Contenders event before, you know there are always great raffle prizes to be given away all day long.

The complete schedule of presentations can be found here.